How good is our health care? And by “our” health care, is it fair to look at the entire province of Manitoba and not just Winnipeg? Is this care better than the care you’d receive in America – the land of the free, but expensive health care? The answers may not be as simple as you think.
The further you get from bigger centres, such as Winnipeg, Brandon and Dauphin, the further you get from emergency medical care – not to mention, you have fewer medical professionals on hand.
Since your health care costs are filtered through your taxes, it’s hard to determine what you’re contributing to the public pool, so the Fraser Institute has made that determination for you.
You see an overview in the chart above, but on average the Institute estimates the average Canadian family consisting of two parents and two children (with an average income of $122,101) can expect to pay $11,494 this year, while the average single person (with an average income of $42,914) can expect to pay $4,257 for public health care.
Now, Phil, joined this conversation on Facebook, and shares his perspective, as a former-Manitoban now living in Colorado. He says we are “enjoying the Cadillac of health care” here in Manitoba. So look at his costs. Look at ours. Now tell us, do you think we are enjoying the Cadillac of health care here? Taking your calls and texts, after 1pm: 204.780.6868.